Saturday, 21 April 2007

The Blooper Reel...

This is for Uncle Brendon... :)

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Thanks Everyone!

Hey everyone. I just wanted to say a big thanks to all of you who have bought my chocolate and/or donated money to Hope 4 kids! We have sold all but 6 bars of chocolate. That's 64 bars!!!

I am going to be getting Dad to buy some more for me to sell this coming week! Also, I will be depositing the money raised this week, so you should see the bar raise on the rampant website! It's all very exciting - and you're helping me to make a difference in the lives of many children around the world.

I am currently reading a briefings book, about Children in Crisis around our globe. It's a big issue, and something we are all responsible to do something about! It can sometimes feel like too big of a task - but when we give to World Vision and other aid organisations like them, we can begin to make a difference.

Thanks once again,


Friday, 23 March 2007

Fair Trade Chocolate

A few weeks ago I was looking though some ideas to fundraise for rampant.

I found this one idea that I thought was really cool which was to sell chocolate, then I discovered that trade aid sold their chocolate for fundraising.

Trade Aid chocolate is fair trade – so I decided to look at their website and found that it was true and that I could buy it for quite a reasonable price.

Trouble is, it would take forever to actually buy it even with help, so I asked dad to loan me some money and he said yes!

I was soo surprised – I was almost sure that he would say no. And a bonus – I get to put all of the profits towards my Rampant target.

Thanks Dad.

The chocolate has just arrived and I will be selling it at my church this weekend. If anybody from my church is reading this it is two dollars a bar and it comes in milk and dark.

DID YOU KNOW? New Zealand is the fastest growing fair-trade country in the world!!!

Note: My rampant page has been fixed - The money you donate should show up right away, so why not give it a go!

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Monday, 12 March 2007

the generosity of my church community is overwhelming

As you may know, if you are looking at this blog, I am fund-raising for children at risk. But, you may not know that I have also decided to do the famine this year. The famine runs from Friday 16th March until Sunday 18th March.

I was a bit late at getting sponsors, having only started yesterday with $15 from my Nanny & Grampy, and wasn’t expecting to do better than last year. I fundraised $100 for the cause then, which I was really stoked about. This year I already have over double that amount!!!

WOW! Thanks to the generosity of all the people that my family knows. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You will be helping to make a difference in the lives of many children.

Here is some information that I got off the famine website that you might find interesting:-

Give basics, give life! It’s as simple as that. With your help, World Vision will provide the essentials of life to children in need in developing countries.

Basics of life are:

Water and sanitation





Here in New Zealand, we often take all these for granted. We simply expect to have clean water running from our taps; food to eat; a house to live in; access to education, and medicine when we are sick. We don’t really think about these things because they are so basic to us. However, millions of children around the world don’t have access to these basics, which means they have very poor quality of life, and sometimes can’t survive at all…But you can help!

Being aware of so many children’s basic needs is the first step – now it’s time to do something about it! You could:

* Register and do the 40 Hour Famine! Go without something you usually take for granted for a weekend, and ask people to sponsor you do it!
* Sponsor someone you know that is doing the Famine (ME!) :)
* Donate to a Famine fund-raising event
* Donate to “HOPE FOR KIDS

The Famine is just one weekend for you but the money you raise will make a huge difference to the lives of many children. Spread the word - give basics, give life - and make a difference through the 40 Hour Famine.

Thanks for your support!

If you give online to Hope for Kids your gift will probably take 4-6 weeks to show up on my rampant page.

I would also like to give a big shout-out to the women at Mainly Music who took my card and promised to look at my blog - Thanks!!! :)

Friday, 23 February 2007

Bonded Labour – The Born to be Free project

Most of the people in Pernambut and its surrounding villages live BELOW the poverty line. Hurried and struggling parents ‘mortgage’ their children into bonded labour to receive cash loans for family needs. Children are employed mainly in manufacturing industries, such as making beedis (hand-rolled cigarettes) and fireworks. They are bonded in to labour until the family’s debt, plus interest, is fully repaid. The employers often physically or mentally abuse the children that work for them and force the children to work in unhealthy conditions for little or no pay.

The Born to be Free Project by World Vision releases children from bonded labour and provides a ‘transit school’ for child labourers who have missed out on education and skills for a long time. This project also helps disadvantaged families find alternative ways to raise income and raises awareness of children’s rights in their villages.

My Target for these children is $350. Please help out by donating some money at my Rampant Homepage!

Thursday, 15 February 2007

About Hope For Kids

Hi, I’m Hope and I am fundraising for Children at Risk.

Where will your money will go?
The Born to be Free Project in India.

Cambodia’s Neava Thmey Centre.

The Street Children project in Bangladesh.

The Mongolia Street Children project.

Who will you be helping?
Children who are sold into bonded labour to repay debts.

Providing skills, training and education for children rescued from bonded labour.

Offering income generating activities to the whole family as alternatives to child labour

Rasing awarness of child rights in villages.

Health care, counselling and skills education for street children.

Think about it – Being abused, exploited and endangered is something you’d never wish for a child. It’s a reality though. Children in our global community ARE being exploited – Leaving them without Hope.

Here are the facts:
More than 150 million children around the world are street children – They are orphans or have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

More than 210 million children aged 5-14 go to work every day, instead of school.

25 million children around the world today are victims of armed conflict. Some are refugees, others are abducted and forced to become solders or worse…

My Target for these children is $350. Please help out by donating some money at my Rampant Homepage!